License types


This topic explains the various Portworx license types, and how you can use them.

Note: If you have already set up your cluster using any of the paid or free Portworx licenses, you can switch to pay-as-you-go (PAYG) billing by acquiring a PAYG account key from the Pure Storage support team. For more information about switching to PAYG, refer to the pay-as-you-go topic.

Portworx products support the following license types:

License type Description
Portworx Essentials Free Portworx license with limited functionality, suitable to run small production or proof-of-concept workloads.
Portworx CSI for FA/FB Free Portworx license with a limited feature set. It provides essential container storage capabilities for Portworx on FlashArray and FlashBlade and is supported only for DirectAccess.
Trial Same as the Portworx Enterprise license. It is a default license installed with 30 days trial period for full Portworx Enterprise functionality
Portworx Enterprise VM Enterprise license, suitable for Virtual Machine (VM) installs on-prem and in cloud
Portworx Enterprise Metal Enterprise license, suitable for installs on any bare metal hardware

Depending on the type of container you are installing, a different license will be automatically activated. For example, the Portworx Enterprise automatically activates the Trial license (limited to 30 days), which you can upgrade to a Portworx Enterprise license at any time.

Licensed features

In the following table, you can see the overview of features that are controlled via licensing.

License feature Description Portworx Essentials Portworx CSI for FlashArray and FlashBlade Portworx Enterprise
Number of nodes maximum Defines the maximum number of nodes in a cluster 5 1000 1000
Number of volumes per cluster maximum Defines max number of volumes on a single node 200 100000 Pure,
200 Portworx
Volume capacity [TB] maximum Defines max size of a single volume 1 TB 40 TB 40 TB
Node disk capacity [TB] maximum Defines max storage capacity of a single node 1 TB 256 TB 256 TB
Node disk capacity extension Defines is the storage capacity can be extended no yes yes
Number of snapshots per volume maximum Number of volume snapshots allowed per single volume 5 5 64
Number of attached volumes per node maximum Number of attached volumes on a single node 30 128 256
Storage aggregation Defines if volumes may be aggregated across multiple nodes no no yes
Shared volumes Defines if volumes may be shared w/ other nodes yes yes yes
Volume sets Defines if volumes may be scaled yes yes yes
BYOK data encryption “Bring your own key” for data encryption yes yes yes
Limit BYOK encryption to cluster-wide secrets Limits the use of data-encryption keys to only a cluster-wide secrets limited limited unlimited
Resize volumes on demand Defines if volumes can be resized yes yes yes
Snapshot to object store [CloudSnap] Defines if cloud-snapshots can be used (for example, volume snapshot to Amazon S3 service) yes yes yes
Number of CloudSnaps daily per volume maximum Limits how many cloud-snapshots can customers do (per volume, in a day) 1 1 unlimited
Cluster-level migration [Kube-motion/Data Migration] Defines if the Data Migration can be used, see Data Migration no no yes
Disaster Recovery [PX-DR] Enables synchronous and asynchronous DR features (requires 2.1 version or later, needs additional license) no no (AddOn required)
Autopilot Capacity Management Defines if Autopilot can be used no no yes
OIDC Security Defines if PX-Security can be used, see PX-Security on an existing cluster no no yes
Bare-metal hosts Software may be deployed on commodity hardware yes yes yes
Virtual machine hosts Software may be deployed on VMs (including Amazon EC2, OpenStack Nova) yes yes yes

Trial License

The trial license activates automatically when the Portworx Enterprise license is installed. The trial license provides the full product functionality for 30 days.

Number of nodes maximum         1000
Number of volumes maximum       1024
Volume capacity [TB] maximum      40
Storage aggregation              yes
Shared volumes                   yes
Volume sets                      yes
BYOK data encryption             yes
Resize volumes on demand         yes
Snapshot to object store         yes
Bare-metal hosts                 yes
Virtual machine hosts            yes
Product SKU                     Trial    expires in 6 days, 20:40

Trial license expiration

After the trial period expires, you cannot create new volumes or volume snapshots. You can restore normal functionality by purchasing and installing a Portworx Enterprise license.

Last edited: Tuesday, May 9, 2023